Sports Premium Grant
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was an opportunity to inspire the nation to enjoy a memorable cultural and sporting experience. The government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the games and to develop children’s enjoyment of sport and physical activity from an early age. As a result, in 2013 the Prime Minister set aside £300m specifically to improve the provision of Primary School PE and School Sport.
Our vision is for all pupils to leave our school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. We aim to achieve self-sustaining improvements in the quality of PE and sport against 5 key indicators:
1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - kick starting healthy active lifestyles
2. The profile of PE and sport being raised across the whole school as a tool for whole school improvement
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
4. Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
5. Increased participation in competitive sport
At Graveney we believe in the value and importance of Physical Education for all. The whole staff are committed to continuous improvement of our PE and Sport provision, maintaining our good practice and offering high quality Physical Education in a totally inclusive environment.
The PE curriculum at Graveney develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. PE promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action, involving thoughtful selection and applying of skills whilst encouraging positive attitudes towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Through our curriculum we enable children to make informed choices about continuing to be physically active throughout their lives.
An important part of our approach to promoting a love of physical activity, is through our active playtimes. Children learn leadership skills through our play leader scheme, this is then used for them and the staff to encourage all pupils to participate in a range of activities such as basic skills as well as sports during our break times. Our Mid Day Supervisors encourage the pupils to practise their curriculum skills during the lunch break, including them using our sports field during the finer weather.
As part of our curriculum the children engage in at least two high quality physical education lessons each week. Throughout all our teaching of Physical Education we are aware and highly attuned to the age-related appropriateness and relevance of the skills being taught. Our children receive experiences that are developmentally suitable to their phase and stage of maturity. In addition the staff are all highly committed to providing inspiring experiences such as using the local environment for activities (orienteering and long walks) as well as acting as role models (staff V children basketball match held every year).
In addition to the actively physical element of PE, the children engage in cooking as part of their class topics and to embed the school ethos of healthy eating.
Our commitment to excellence for PE is also demonstrated in the time we give to the continuous professional development of our staff who regularly receive training in this area. For example, our PE coordinator attends meetings at the lead Sports College to keep up to date with current initiatives. The staff attend training in sport specific areas including Dance, Football and Basketball. This ensures that their skills and knowledge remain focused and in tune with the children's needs and interests.
Competitions and Events
On Thursday the 1st of October we fielded a strong mixed Rugby team, with only three weeks of Rugby coaching at the start of term, what we lacked in knowledge we made up for in enthusiasm. It was encouraging to see many of our previous terms change for life children taking part. All of the children showed excellent sportsmanship, listening well to the referee’s instructions. They came 2nd in their league which was not enough to progress through to the quarter finals, all enjoyed themselves and can be thoroughly proud of the way they represented Graveney Primary School.
District Football Competition
The 14th of October saw Graveney field their strongest football team for a long time in the district football competition at the University of Kent at Canterbury. With 5 minutes to play each way these games were vastly different to the league games. It took our first game to settle into the rhythm and then played extremely well. We lost our first match by a chance goal from the opposition, with ever-more determination we won our next two matches which put us second in our table and progression into the quarter finals. St Peters proved a tough opposition who would go on to win the competition. We were 1-0 down after 4 mins play and just on the cusp of half time Reece scored a beautiful goal in the top right hand corner from the halfway line. We held onto the draw through extra time and went out on a fortunate golden goal. The team was extremely disappointed but managed to demonstrate good sportsmanship, congratulating St Peters on their win.
Year 5 and 6 braved the elements to partake in their bike-ability training on the week beginning the 14th September. Despite the heavy rain they all manage to achieve progression from previous badges gained. We now have more children than ever able to demonstrate proficiency when cycling on the road. This is the first year we have seen the year 5s progress from year 4. They have really benefited from starting their bike-ability in year 4 with all of the children gaining their level 2 badge.
Sport Crew Leader Training
On the 30th of September 9 children from years 5 and 6 attended sport crew leader training, these will add to the 5 children previously trained in year 5 to ensure we have 14 Sport Crew Leaders for this academic year. All of the children showed great tenacity and skill. Developing and delivering
sports activities. They all proved their worth and demonstrated that in order to be a successful team many people with different qualities must work together in order to be successful. The children are al eager to organise their first intra sport competition. Keep your eyes peeled for photos and information of these forthcoming competitions.
Clubs Available this term
Dance, Football, Activity Club
Small School District Football Competition
Our football team has completed their matches in the Small School Football Competition. We achieved a fantastic 3rd place in the local competition, well done to all our players, there were some excellent results in the matches.
Well done to all the children who have taken part in the football games this season. To all the parents who have helped with transport and tirelessly supported the teams a huge thank you without you we would not be able to access half the matches we attend.
I am so proud of this years football team they have always demonstrated great sportsmanship in winning and defeat. They have shown true dedication.
This term we have held a New Age Kurling Competition, with Hern Infant School. This was a wonderful afternoon, trying a new sport. All the pupils and staff enjoyed the afternoon. A kurling has now been purchased and being used as part of our afterschool club activities.
Intra School Tennis Competition
Our Sports Crew Leaders have been inspired by The Davis Cup win and have been organising a tennis skills competition for all our classes to participate in at playtimes. Maybe we will find the next Andy Murray here at Graveney! Our champions were presented in our Gallery Stars Assembly.
Congratulations to our own Aikido Champion
One of our students attends the Aikido club in Herne Bay, in November 2015 he attended the British Aikido Association National Championships, in High Wycombe, under 16 entrants from all over the UK and Ireland took part and were judged on a number of skills, including a pre - arranged set of moves which display understanding and technical ability and also Free Play. Whilst his group is only relatively small club they were competing against a number of competitors who had recently returned from the Junior European championships in Switzerland.
Jan achieved best national under 8 competitor including Ninindori – Bronze, Kakarigeiko – Bronze
‘Of course the results reflect the excellent technical ability of these young adults, but not only that the feedback I received regarding their behaviour and sportsmanship I think makes them stand out.’ Lee Adams 6th Dan Renshi Karate – 3rd Dan Japan Aikido Association, Head Coach Shogun Martial Arts School, Vice Chairman British Aikido Association
Football Coaching from EFA
The school has received additional coaching support from the EFA who have worked alongside our teaching staff to extend their football coaching skills. Staff have all enjoyed these sessions and are more confident to adapt our current curriculum and ready to challenge our pupils even further.
Clubs Available this term
Dance, Football, Activity Club, Netball, Change 4 Life
Intra and Inter School Gymnastics Competitions
In February we entered the Key Stage 2 Gymnastics Competition at Herne Bay High School. We had two teams enter Year 3 / 4 and Year 5 /6. We all really enjoyed learning the routines and practising them with Katie in our extra gymnastics lessons. We were very proud to have been selected for this competition following our intra school competition to choose who would be on the team. During the whole day competition at the Arena Complex in Herne Bay 211 gymnasts took part in Floor, Body Management and Vault disciplines in front of pairs of judges.
Speed Stacking Competition
Our 2 teams of 4 children from Scorpions and Dragonflies, travelled to Hampton Primary School in Herne Bay to show off their skills. It was a huge competition with over 180 children taking part. Our teams played several games with big smiles and lots of enthusiasm. Well done teams
Premier Sport Fencing Taster Day
In order to provide additional opportunities for more unusual sports we have successfully formed a partnership with Premier Sport and arranged a free taster session for every class. The children and staff had a wonderful time learning the first skills of fencing. Feedback included ‘amazing’, ‘so exciting’, ‘I never thought I could do that’, ‘That was fun’ from the children, with even more expressions from the adults, about the level of focus, inclusion and skills being demonstrated. The coaches were brilliant with the children and we have welcomed them back to run an after school club in Term 5.
Not to be left out Premier Sport have led an additional multi skills session with our Ladybirds class, which included various team games requiring high level interpersonal skills. The children accepted the challenges and every child was totally engaged, loving the feeling of success as they completed the activities.
Clubs Available this term
Table Tennis, Netball, Hockey, Dance, Agility, Kurling, Change 4 Life
Infant Agility Competition
This was another exciting competition for our children which gave them opportunities to mix with others from neighbouring schools and enjoy setting themselves personal challenges as well a having enormous fun. Children from Year 2 competed against 16 other KS1 teams at HBH School in the huge sports arena and sports hall. Everyone took part in several games including a very long obstacle course, ten pin bowling, speed jumping for 30 seconds a time, short relay and long distance throwing. Our children tried their very best at each station and came away feeling very proud of themselves for taking part.
Cross Country Competition (Kent College)
Congratulations to pupils from across the school who entered into this competition. We had runners in almost all categories, many experiencing cross country running for the first time (some shocked at how far they needed to run). All persevered and finished the course and are looking forward to our next event.
Intra School Speed Stacking Competition
As a result of the competition at Herne Bay earlier in the year, our teams and sports leaders were inspired to hold our own competition. Pupils in all the classes took part with the leaders sharing their new skills teaching others the 363, 333 as well as total stack. Our older pupils particularly enjoyed the paired event, working collaboratively with their peers, no one wanted to be Mrs Blackwells partner…
Intra School Kurling
Following the success of the Key Stage 1 Kurling competition and the purchase of our own Kurling Set, our after school activity club held their own competition. Pupils enjoyed working in teams to challenge each other and set their own scoring system. Well done to the boys team who were our overall winning side.
Clubs Available this term
Table Tennis, Netball, Hockey, Dance, Agility, Kurling
Sport Move and Learn Project
Charlton Athletic Community Trust continues to work alongside the school this year as part of our healthy living curriculum. They are working with our Year 5 pupils who are learning about keeping themselves healthy as well as having lots of fun exploring new sports such as handball and dodge ball over a six week period.
Clubs Available this term
Multi-skills, Fencing, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Dance, Change 4 Life
Graveney Sports Day
Our annual sports day has been held following a very busy Sports Week both in school and at our local secondary school. A team of our year 5 pupils visited the Abbey School in Faversham and participated in a Football Festival with other local schools. This was linked to the WW1 exhibition that was also be held at the school. Our pupils were presented with a special football which is proudly on display in our cabinet. We have also had a wonderful representation at Faversham Running Clubs first Cross Country Running event, where 15 of our pupils entered into the races. We now need a running club at school... anyone volunteering?
Sport’s Day was a fabulous success with even more races being held this year. Well done to the whole school for participating so fully in the day, including our parents and future pupils who also enjoyed their own races. Final scores were: Green - 63, Red - 71, Blue - 75 and our winners with 76 were the Yellow team.
Later this term year 3 and 4 pupils will be participating in the Athletics competition at Herne Bay High School. We wish all the pupils the best in this competition
Clubs Available this term
Multi-skills, Archery, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Dance, Change 4 Life
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